HIST SENIOR SCHOOL Years 10 & 11 ESL UPDATES
Dear Senior School Parents and Families,
As we approach the end of the second semester, students continue in their effort to improve their English language level through positive study skills, hard work and a sound learning environment. Achievements are difficult to trace at times but all students are developing and maturing as we see in their attitude of hard work, facing challenges and re-invention by finding new ways to motivate themselves. Facing challenges often has a positive affect where as a student wants to achieve higher levels and is willing to work hard to achieve their goals. Each student has positive influencers, their teachers, homeroom teachers and the Senior School administration, who are guiding, mentoring and continuously encouraging.
Some of the highlights of the past month:
Five students in year 10 and 2 students in year 11 participated in Round 1 of the CCTV Competition. All 7 were eligible to go to Round 2 and 2 students in year 10 took the challenge. We are proud of their accomplishments as it takes courage and commitment to take part in extra-curricular activities. All students had a special lunch with the International Vice-Principal/Head of Senior School, Yanni Galanis and received certificates at the recent assembly.
Quote from a student:
‘’You may work very hard for your dream of going to a top university, you may try to get an excellent score for your next SAC, or you may be doing things you are interested in. To do these things, you need to have one of the most important qualities, which is persistence. I’m very persistent in my English studying even though I have two years’ experience in Australia. Having a head start doesn’t mean that I don’t need to strive and persist. I am continuously improving myself.’’
Cambridge Exam Registration
The Cambridge Exam registration for year 10 and 11 students has been completed. In total more than 300 students in the school will sit the KET for Schools and PET for Schools exam on June 23 and 30 for the FCE for Schools exam on June 30, either in Beijing or Tianjin. In early June, we will send a letter to parents through your child’s homeroom teacher to remind students what they need to take to the exam and the exam location details.
Plans for Exam Preparation
Final ESL English exams for Haileybury are scheduled for the week of June 11- 15. Focus on the students remains twofold: to work and support their progress in their English level and to prepare them for the Cambridge exams. We have been integrating the PET and FCE for Schools exam style, questions and skills needed to understand and accomplish the tasks which include Reading, Use of English, Listening, Writing and Speaking. Every month, we introduce a new skill, focus on that skill and recycle the language and skills learned in assessments and quizzes. The exam tasks/skills are integrated into the biweekly tests so the students are embedding and using knowledge learned and getting the extra practice needed for exam preparation.
Upon completion of the Haileybury final exams, focus will continue for the final preparation for the Cambridge exams. Final results should be available approximately 6 weeks after students’ sit the exam.
Cambridge Exams have been designed to determine the student’s level of English for both work and study purposes. Each of the different exams have been created to test students with different levels and test the four skills of the English language: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The exams will also be looking at your level of vocabulary and grammar.
The PET (Preliminary English Test) for Schools exam shows a student can use everyday English at an intermediate level. It covers all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
With the FCE (Cambridge English: First) for Schools, students will be able to prove that their level is B2 (Upper Intermediate), which means they are able to handle the main structures of the English language with confidence, demonstrate knowledge of a range of vocabulary and use appropriate communicative strategies. There are four different sections to the exam: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
Comparisons / Equivalencies to International
recognised English as a Second Language
As we strive to give the best education to each child we need our partners, you as parents to continue to support and encourage your child.
For the students,
At Haileybury, every child matters, every day.
Cheryl Ann McKenna
Head of English as a Second
Haileybury Tianjin International School